The 5 Best Meditation and Relaxing Apps of 2022

Do you know that overthinking is the biggest cause of unhappiness and stress? Yes of course you do. You also know it does not help you in bringing any solutions. Do you know over a period of time, overthinking becomes a habit impacting physical and mental well-being? So it is necessary to break that and get back on track. 

There are several ways – people get on to destress, from Live streaming platforms and binge-watch to distract to overeating, from shopping to endless and mindless online chatting. These could be solutions, but for the time being. Why not use some cool apps that help you in relaxation as well as get you in the form to perform at your best and live life happily. Thankfully, technology does help us in offering solutions. Meditation helps. It has been helping millions of people across the world. So why not get any of these apps and get started. 

Following are some of the Apps that have been widely downloaded and used. Some of them offer free content while others are subscription-based. There are several Apps that give a 7-days trial – so no harm in downloading and trying these. Every App has its pros and cons. It isn’t necessarily a feature liked by many that would appeal to you in the same way. That’s absolutely fine. Therefore it is wise to go through various reviews and finalize the one that is best suited to you. The good news is that there are many and hence a plethora of choices to choose from.

For this article, we have compiled reviews from different mental wellbeing sites to give an overview and help you choose. 

  1. Calm 
    Review by Healthline.com 

The app features hundreds of calming exercises, helpful breathing techniques, and sleep stories narrated by celebrities like Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba.

Calm has many offerings and the interface is relatively simple to navigate through. Plus, they’re constantly adding new content.

Pros

  • easy-to-use interface
  • sleep stories recorded by celebrities, like Harry Styles, Matthew McConaughey, and Bob Ross
  • app is regularly updated
  • ability to track basic statistics, like the number of consecutive days used, minutes meditated, and number of sessions
  • meditation reminders sent to your phone or tablet

Cons

  • unable to add “friends” on the app
  • nature sounds distracting to some
  • sleep stories too long for some users
  • Calm Body has limited offerings

2. Insight Timer
Review by verywellmind.com

The App gives free access to thousands of meditations. Premium is about $60 per year or roughly $10 per month. Over 45,000 free meditations are available.

PROS

  • Over 45,000 free meditations
  • Easy to search and filter content
  • Free seven day intro course
  • Free community of meditators

CONS

  • Not the most intuitive app
  • Too many choices overwhelms some users
  • Technical glitches

3. Headspace
Review by Lifewire.com

Another very popular meditation app, Headspace, is a premium app that offers hundreds of guided meditations tailored to stress, anxiety, focus, sleep and more. You also get access to over 40 mindfulness exercise that you can practice while doing simple, mundane activities like cooking, eating and commuting.

Headspace is a perfect app for beginners since it will guide you through the basics of meditation upon getting started. You also get super-short meditations to help you build your meditation habit gradually and conveniently fit your practice into your busy schedule.

Pros

  • Good quantity and quality of bite-sized meditations.
  • Learning guides for meditation and mindfulness.
  • Great interface with helpful animations. 

Cons

  • Most of the app’s content is locked behind its premium version.
  • Buggy with some devices when you try to download meditations.

4. Smiling Mind
Review by psychcentral.com

The educators and psychologists who designed Smiling Mind wanted to make it easier to add mindfulness and balance to daily life, no matter your age or schedule. Smiling Mind offers specialized meditations, including for kids and teens, relationships, pregnancy, work and sleep.

Reviewers have a lot of praise for the app’s clear, organized interface and the range of content available. Smiling Mind was developed by an Australian nonprofit, and all content is completely free.

Pros

  • Smiling Mind is a clear and organized app with specialized meditations for children and teens.
  • The app also includes tips for mindfulness exercises like journaling.
  • Smiling Mind features meditations in Pitjantjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra to make the app more accessible to Indigenous Australians.

Cons

  • Several reviewers say the app has a few bugs and glitches that make it difficult to use.

5. Slumber
Review by byrdie.com

While not specifically a meditation app, Slumber can be a great resource if you’re looking for a way to help curb any sleep issues. The app provides meditation-focused guides that will help you quiet your mind at the end of the day and allow your body to repair itself.

The app—which costs about $40 per year—focuses on the best breathing practices and relaxation techniques, as well as hypnosis to encourage a good night’s rest. Other nighttime options include bedtime stories (for kids or adults) and ASMR soundscapes. You can even track your sleep over time to see just how much you’re improving.

Pros

  • Niche focus on improving sleep
  • You can track your progress
  • Option to customize background music

Cons

  • Doesn’t add new content very often
  • Limited variety of meditations

So, are you motivated to break the negative thinking and getting back on track! Start with any of the above Apps and relax. Focus only on the things you can change and stop overthinking.

Sevashree Mohapatra
A strategic Corporate Communication leader and technology enthusiast, I have more than 20 years of experience in content, corporate communication, and Strategy. Having worked in major media houses and MNCs like Hindustan Times, Ogilvy, ArcelorMittal, and Suez, I have helped brands to create value for their customers.